Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Investigate Alaska wolf pup killing
Many Alaskans have expressed ethical concerns regarding the recent killing of wolf pups at their den site by state biologists. I share these concerns, and question the legality of the killings. The lack of media coverage or any other investigation is perplexing.

Nice to see derby in sports section
It was refreshing to awake and read the Aug. 11 sports section in your paper, which quite evidently thought it appropriate to run a story about Sheldon Winters tentatively winning the 2008 salmon derby.

It's time for a new face in Washington
I think that we can all agree that U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has done a tremendous job the past 40 years of bringing home the bacon to Alaska, and I wish to thank him for his service to the state.

Rebates shouldn't be tied to dividend checks
I was dismayed to read that the $1,200 energy assistance rebates that were approved Thursday night by the Legislature will be added to this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks.

City's new high school still short on students
Juneau's new high school is about 50 students short of its target enrollment, but it won't affect the school's curriculum, according to a school official.

Abbott case proceeds with mental competency questions
SITKA - A judge said he will decide by the end of this week whether to order a mental health expert to examine Jason Abbott's mental competency to stand trial.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
The name of a junior Olympic judo competition was incorrect in Friday's Juneau Empire. The competition is called the USA Judo International Junior Olympic Championships.

Hope remembered as a champion for his culture
As a college student, Andrew "Andy" John Hope III would come to Nora Dauenhauer's office just to listen and watch her read and write Tlingit, the language of his people.

Poor visibility persists in search for Andrews men
The Coast Guard and others searched for the fourth day Tuesday for two missing Juneau men whose floatplane did not return as scheduled Saturday afternoon.

Commission considers remote Douglas Island subdivision
The Juneau Planning Commission considered a request Tuesday by Jan Van Dort to subdivide 36 acres along Stephens Passage on Douglas Island into 10-acre lots.

Search for missing plane, Andrews men continues
The Coast Guard continued to search Monday for two missing pilots from Juneau who didn't return from Young Lake on Saturday afternoon as scheduled.

State cooperates on land for Juneau parking garage
The state of Alaska is offering to cooperate with the city of Juneau so the city can build a parking project downtown.

Photo: Presiding over moving day
An eagle watches as the Juneau Family Birth Center moves into its new facility at 1601 Salmon Creek Lane near Bartlett Regional Hospital. The center is set for its grand opening from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. With the move, the center's name also changes to the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, reflecting an expansion of services, including family counseling, childcare services and exercise classes.

Around Town
Today

School playground funds may be up for Oct. 7 ballot consideration
Voters in Juneau might be asked to consider funding part of a $1.6 million middle school playground during the Oct. 7 municipal election.

Taxi owners win approval for idling fee
Cab company owners won approval for a fare increase Monday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Blown away
Floyd Dryden Middle School custodian Victor Romo uses a leaf blower to clean the sidewalk Monday in front of the school.

Photo: Ready for rain
Cyclists Bev and Bob Beehler, bedecked in rain ponchos, ride their touring bikes Monday near Auke Lake. The avid cyclists have been touring the Inside Passage by ferry and riding their bikes in the various communities. The couple from Colorado once rode their bikes from Florida to Washington state and have ridden in about 30 different states.

Around Town
Today

Photos: Happy birthday, Smokey!
Smokey the Bear celebrated his 64th birthday during a rainy Saturday kid's day program on Aug. 9 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center. The focus of the celebration was fire safety.

Juneau Church of Christ offering Vacation Bible School
JUNEAU - Juneau Church of Christ is offering Vacation Bible School, for kids 3 years of age through fifth grade, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and Thursday at 8755 Trinity Drive.

Chapel by the Lake gets new senior pastor, Douglas Dye
JUNEAU - On Aug. 1, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Dye assumed his duties as pastor and head of staff at Chapel by the Lake Community Presbyterian Church.

Photos: Making chemistry magic
Juneau-Douglas High School students in Erik Lundquist's chemistry class put on a Chemistry Magic Show for Harborview Elementary School second-graders in May. JDHS students put on the science show three times for younger students.

Books tell the story of a life
The books are stacked nearly to the ceiling. Unlike the rest of the house, the shelves are haphazard in both their construction and their contents. Many of the books here in my father-in-law's study appear to have not been opened in years, and are buried behind other rows of books and old photographs. His computer monitor is perched precariously on a stack of old Time/Life books, the kind with black and white photos of exotic places and bioluminescent deep sea fish.

SEARHC offers lifestyle balance classes in Juneau
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Lifestyle Balance Program will provide its sixth series of diabetes prevention classes starting Aug. 26 in Juneau. A similar series of classes will be offered in Sitka starting in September or October, with the possibility of classes in Haines or Klukwan and Kake also being offered if there's enough interest.

AWARE holds meeting for empowerment program for girls
JUNEAU - The Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter recently conducted an informational meeting on its new prevention program, Girls on the Run of Juneau (GOTR), which seeks to prepare girls, in third to eighth grades, for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

What's in your recipe box?
Looking for that lost recipe? Got a recipe you would like to share with our readers? Got a tip to make kitchen life easier? Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes, plus kitchen tips.

Photo: Cuddling up
A couple of pigeons cuddle Mondayon thewaterfrontnear Marine Park in downtown Juneau.

Mayeda, Williams to wed
Elizabeth Mayeda and Joseph Leon Williams will be married at 2 p.m. Aug. 31, 2008, at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. All who know the bride and groom are welcome to attend the reception, which will follow at 5 p.m. at 8270 Garnet St.

Millers celebrate 17 years
David and Mary Miller celebrated 17 years of marriage on Aug. 9, 2008.

Annabell Revels
Former Juneau resident Annabell Revels died Aug. 7, 2008, in Anchorage. She was 73.

Dorothy 'Dode' Wicks
Former Juneau resident Dorothy G. "Dode" Wicks died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Aug. 7, 2008, in Vancouver, Wash., where she had lived since 2002. Her daughter, Sandra Wicks, of Anchorage was at her bedside, while in her final days Dorothy frequently talked on the phone with her son, Rick Wicks, of Göteborg, Sweden. She was 88.

Oscar Holmberg
Former Juneau resident Oscar Martin Holmberg, of Rainier, Ore., died Aug. 5, 2008, at St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash. He was 77.

Outside editorial: A nation bent on conquest
In Moscow on Monday, President Dmitry Medvedev gave every indication that Russia was winding up its military operation in Georgia. Meanwhile, his forces continued to advance into that sovereign nation and bomb widely dispersed strategic targets there. The contradiction was consistent with the Russian regime's behavior throughout this crisis: Its words have borne no connection to its actions; its actions are untethered to international norms.

My turn: Regional corporations need to lead on energy
We appreciate former Alaska Federation of Natives President Byron Mallott's statement that regional corporations need to take a leadership role in solving the energy crisis in rural Alaska.

In defense of truth in Stevens case
"It saddens me to learn that these charges have been brought against me," said Sen. Ted Stevens, by way of a formal statement issued immediately after he was indicted two weeks ago.

My turn: Native learning: Where's the success?
A perspective of learning as observed from an Alaska Native practitioner poses some constructive options to enhance the current status of learning by Alaska Natives.

Outside editorial: Russia's dare: Maybe now the West will see Putin for what he is
Much that had been in the category of speculation about modern Russia hardened over the weekend into ugly fact. Many had suspected that Vladimir Putin never intended to allow a mere constitution to force him to cede power after eight years in the Kremlin, and the president-turned-prime-minister certainly seemed to be in charge of Russia's invasion of neighboring Georgia.

10 years later, Edwards is Clinton
There is obviously no way to quantify this, but I regard Bill Clinton as the most thoroughly humiliated person in all of human history. Who else even comes close?

Outside editorial: Edwards scandal shows gap between rhetoric, behavior
John Edwards' acknowledgement of an affair with a campaign aide demonstrates again that a high moral tone in public life doesn't always ring true in private life.

Two dead in plane crash near Sitka
JUNEAU - Two people have died in a plane crash near Sitka.

Dems ask Colberg to weigh in on rebate
JUNEAU - Juneau Rep. Andrea Doll joined fellow Democratic Reps. Berta Gardner, Bob Buch and Scott Kawasaki in asking Attorney General Talis Colberg to solve a situation that would deny some qualifying Alaskans from receiving an energy rebate this year.

City closes park trail after bear attacks
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich ordered a trail closed Tuesday after recent bear attacks.

Car crashes rushing to aid stricken infant
KODIAK - The mother of a Kodiak infant who had stopped breathing crashed her car as she rushed the child to a hospital.

Alaska journalist shot in Georgia
ANCHORAGE - An Alaskan working as a journalist in war-torn Georgia has been injured in a shooting, his family members said Monday.

Governor, lawmakers seek gas investigation
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin and two state senators are asking for an investigation into why Alaska's gasoline prices are so much steeper than anywhere else in the nation.

Hickel says Stevens' 'time is over'
JUNEAU - Former Gov. Walter Hickel had some harsh words for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in an article for Bloomberg.com that was posted Tuesday.

Watt named director of engineering
JUNEAU - City employee Rorie Watt has been promoted to director of engineering.

Troopers rescue 10 from Mat-Su sandbar
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers sent in a helicopter to rescue 10 people stranded on a sandbar near the Knik Glacier.

Troopers seize drugs from home in Wasilla
WASILLA - Alaska State Trooper investigators say they seized three pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs from a home in Wasilla.

Airport warns against unattended vehicles
JUNEAU - The Juneau International Airport issued a reminder that there is no parking, no waiting and no unattended vehicles in front of the terminal.

Officials ID victims in Sitka plane crash
SITKA - Alaska State Troopers released the identities of two people killed in a plane crash Sunday night near Sitka.

Wasilla residents arrested after bust
WASILLA - Two Wasilla residents were arrested last week on drug charges after authorities seized three pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs from a home.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Chinook, coho catches down from five-year average at derby
The Juneau Golden North Salmon derby wrapped up Sunday night with an estimated total of 255 chinook salmon harvested (46 percent below the recent five-year average of 469 fish) and 820 coho salmon harvested (83 percent below the recent five-year average of 4,941 fish).

Supreme Court won't rule on Exxon interest
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to decide whether Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay interest on punitive damages awarded in the nation's worst oil spill.

Cowdery pleads not guilty to charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage state senator with ties to disgraced oil field services company VECO Corp. was arraigned Monday on federal charges of conspiracy and bribery.

Firms exploited contracts meant for Alaska Natives, report finds
WASHINGTON - Two government contractors designated as small, Alaska Native-owned firms directed millions of dollars in fees to other companies owned by managers who were not Alaska Natives and should not have received the payments, according to an audit report by the Office of Inspector General at the Small Business Administration.

Former Alaska businessman charged in corruption investigation
ANCHORAGE - A Montana man who once owned Alaska's only network of privately run halfway houses has been charged with conspiracy in U.S. District Court.

Ketchikan librarian out on loan
KETCHIKAN - When the Library of Congress needed to borrow a specific resource, it decided to call on the Ketchikan High School library for a loan.

Ash from volcano eruption forces Alaska Airlines to cancel flights
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines has resumed operations in Alaska and major West Coast cities after scrapping 44 flights because of a rising cloud of ash resulting from a volcano eruption last week.

Republican mayor of Fairbanks says he endorses Obama
In this staunchly Republican state, the Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor has broken party ranks and publicly endorsed presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

This Day in History
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Wasilla man pleads no contest in baby's death
WASILLA - A Wasilla man pleaded no contest this week to second-degree murder for the death of his 6-month-old daughter last fall.

Pit bull injures girl in Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old girl Anchorage girl was mauled by a family pit bull Tuesday afternoon and underwent emergency surgery.

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